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Old 03-02-2011, 12:52 PM   #21
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Do your BBQing on the deck! I wouldn't buy a condo without a deck that accommodates a BBQ.

Look for a vent in the kitchen area itself. IMHO there should be one as the kitchen is a source of moisture. Find out how they are kept clean. There should be a constant low volume suck although a newer building may have a timer on a building wide system. BTW you don't want so much negative pressure that it pulls air (and moisture) from the outside. One way to test for that is to see if air is leaking into the unit where it shouldn't, are doors pulled inward by air pressure. The buildings that make me wary are the condo conversions. I know of one in Portland where the developer thought that bigger was better when it came to exhaust fans and it pulled moisture through the walls.
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Old 03-02-2011, 01:03 PM   #22
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Looks Skookum to me! A real old world craftsman much of been in charge on that job.

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Hmm - skookum eh? What's with the Alaska word? Seattle does get a bunch of Alaska migrants - nice to see the word again - my folks homesteaded in AK after WW2.
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Hmm - skookum eh? What's with the Alaska word? Seattle does get a bunch of Alaska migrants - nice to see the word again - my folks homesteaded in AK after WW2.
Its actually a Chinook word used throughout the PNW Skookum - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Also see: Chinook Jargon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, for more about the "pidgin" trade language used throughout the PNW. My dad used it a lot and I grew up in BC. I pass over a Skookum creek en route to Aberdeen, WA every month.

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Its actually a Chinook word used throughout the PNW Skookum - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Also see: Chinook Jargon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, for more about the "pidgin" trade language used throughout the PNW. My dad used it a lot and I grew up in BC. I pass over a Skookum creek en route to Aberdeen, WA every month.

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Yeah, I've heard it all over rural Washington, more on the west side.

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Our range hood is not vented - never been a problem. Never use it at all for that matter. Perhaps the best solution is to be more careful when you cook! (Just kidding).

I'm actually building a new place right now and the exhaust hood will be along an outside wall. When I talked with my builder about venting the range hood outside he said he rarely did that. I was surprised, but he knows his stuff.
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When I talked with my builder about venting the range hood outside he said he rarely did that. I was surprised, but he knows his stuff.
That sounds like an oxymoron to me. Vented is important, if not to you, to the next buyers. Hardly cost anything to do it in new construction.

It may be true he rarely does it, but that doesn't make it right. From some reports, some people rarely pay down their credit card balances either.

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. snip.....I'm actually building a new place right now and the exhaust hood will be along an outside wall. When I talked with my builder about venting the range hood outside he said he rarely did that. I was surprised, but he knows his stuff.
I'm not surprised. Most builders would probably prefer twisting in a few screws to install the unit on the wall, hook up 3 wires, and they are done.
No bothering to order up duct, a dampered vent cap, mounting the duct adaptor on the back, cutting a hole through drywall and exterior wall surface, assembling it sealing it properly, etc. etc.

Many vent hood units have selectable 3-way output. Vent out the back (through wall, usually with rectangular duct), vent out the top (usually round vent pipe up through cabinet above, then to vent on roof or elbow to vent out the wall), and lastly, everyone's favorite... recirculate into room by not opening up any of the above real vent knock-outs, and not inserting the block-off plate in the front grill.

Instructions with these units say that if you choose the recirculate into room mode on installation, you must use the activated carbon filter (an expensive extra cost item not supplied with the stock unit), and change it regularly.
Uh huh.

In this house, one of my goals when I renovated the kitchen was to trash the single-speed vent hood that vented back into the room. It was worthless. When ON, it sounded like a diesel was running in the kitchen. And of course it didn't really do anything useful, so no sense running it.

I figured my chances were less than 50% that there would NOT be stud in the way to try to vent a new one out the back. Of course there was a stud, about 2/3rd's over the proposed duct space. I did not want to go out the top and through cabinets, then through the roof. And the outside soffit level precluded trying to go up and out the wall. So I opened up the wall behind the hood area and headed off the offending stud above and below where the rectangular duct would go through. Bent up my own custom duct, and drilled out bricks in the way. The drywall seams are covered up by the cabinets, and the bottom seam is covered by the vent hood unit itself.

Works great. Use it often. Lowers heat and moisture buildup in the kitchen during A/C season, which is long here. I like watching it slurp up the steam when raising a pot lid. During a recent unseasonably cold spell here in early Feb., could see steam blowing out the outside vent in a cloud, viewing from a window when DW lifted a pot lid when checking on some pasta. Looked just like a restaurant!

And when cooking any meat with grease, I like that the grease fumes are going outside, not back inside coating the room and our lungs. And yes, grease fumes do condense and leave a film inside if they are not vented outside.
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Haha,
If you take it up with the condo HOA, I'd be interested in hearing the outcome.

We're thinking of moving to a town home and this will definitely be an issue for us. We cook a lot of spicy food and having a good vent is essential to keeping the house from smelling of stale food - especially if there are wall to wall carpets.
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